FAMILY READ: New children’s book author Jo Emery with her children Sahskia, 7, Grayson, 11 months, and Ahnika, 3.
FAMILY READ: New children’s book author Jo Emery with her children Sahskia, 7, Grayson, 11 months, and Ahnika, 3. Warren Lynam

Kids' book on struggles of FIFO families sellout success

JO Emery penned her thoughts as a means of coping with the emotions of watching her young girls say goodbye to their daddy before he flew to the mines.

That writing has now turned into a children's book, My Dad is a FIFO Dad, geared to help families cope with the fly-in, fly-out lifestyle.

And just two days after the initial print run, the former Kin Kin school principal has already nearly sold out.

The book has also inspired a new initiative, with Ms Emery busy developing a set of resources the general public can purchase to help FIFO families deal with the unique strains of the industry.

She is partnering with Gryphon Psychology, a specialist provider to the mining industry, to supply packages for families when one member goes to work at the mines.

Her husband Steve quit his electrical business to take up full-time work at the mines four years ago.

His job sees him spend three weeks away and one week at home.

Mrs Emery admits it is "pretty hectic", particularly with their three children aged seven, three and 11 months.

But she believes "it is worth it".

"We are able to provide our kids with a pretty good lifestyle," she said. "When Steve's at home we really do have nice family time.

"Some families have a Sunday, we have all our Sundays in a block."

She noticed a few years ago during one drop-off to Brisbane that her two girls were struggling.

"They knew daddy was going away for some time.

"As you do when you are feeling that way, you put pen to paper."

This happened a year ago, but then she had another baby and her world became consumed with nappies, feeding and juggling three young children.

"Time passed and then I went to a workshop and sat with another author on the Sunshine Coast.

"We refined it and worked on it and got it to a point I feel really proud of.

"It is a family story. Everyone can take a piece from the book. It is about unity and the family keeping kids connected with those people who they love, but might not be with them all the time because they have to go to work."



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